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Shall the liberals on the 9-11 commission return us to
the comfort of denial?...
[Hugh Hewitt] 4/14/04
some members of the 9-11 Commission on the Sunday shows this
past Easter weekend?
Isn't the Commission supposed to be non-partisan? Isn't it supposed
to be acting in the national interest? Isn't it supposed to speak
with one voice on the means by which another 9-11 might be avoided?
If so, why would Democrats
Richard Ben-Veniste and Bob Kerrey feel obliged to appear on
newsmaker shows? What "news" are
they trying to make?
The truth is obvious: Ben-Veniste and Kerrey have thrown the
national interest overboard in order to promote the interests
of the Democratic Party. They understand that any final Commission
report will at best be silent about the lapses of the Clinton
administration, and may even be obliged by the weight of the
evidence to underscore the negligence of the team that included
Bill and Hillary, Sandy, Madeline and Richard. These folks had
bin Laden in their sights on four occasions, and never once pulled
the trigger. Could 9-11 have been avoided? Perhaps, but only
by an all-out assault on the mastermind.
Dems know that the
upshot of this reality is a second reality: The Democrats cannot
be trusted to attend to the national defense;
they cannot be trusted with the national security. No, they are
not treasonous, simply unserious. They are to national security
what third graders are to automobiles – individuals not
capable of driving no matter how eager they might be to get behind
So rather than slink
away as any decent person confronted with the results of their
own recklessness, the cobras of the past – Ben-Veniste,
Kerrey and Roemer – have tried in vain to poison public
opinion against Bush. They have hinted; they have whispered;
they have waved memos.
So the president released
the actual memo, and their pants are down around their ankles – again.
Clinton and his team reduced the national intelligence capacity
to broad warnings
of bad weather sometime in the future. Bush launched new efforts,
but there wasn't enough time to overcome eight years of partying
and posturing. The blow fell. We were blind.
Now Kerrey and Ben-Veniste and the other servants want to persuade
voters that all will be better if we return to the years of pretending.
Perhaps they can stitch together a majority of the foolish.
But I don't think
so. Millions of fanatics want millions of Americans dead. That's
the reality. Kerry or Bush? I think Bush
wins in a walk, no matter what the "commissioners" who
put spin in front of service say. CRO
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